The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 7, Yankees 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Joe Maddon. It seems like Joe Maddon has somebody new leading off every night. Last night it was Matt Joyce and he hit a home run in the first inning which turned out to be all the offense the Rays would need. This came just 2 days after David DeJesus led off and hit a home run. For the record, the Rays have had 9 different hitters bat lead off this year…Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi won’t be able to start on Friday. But by throwing 3 innings last night, the bullpen will be nearly fully rested for the final 5 games as the Rays make a playoff push…Eliminating the Yankees. We’ve known for a while that the Yankees were road kill. But prior to last night’s game many Yankees fans were still holding out hope that the Yankees could win their final six games and sneak into the playoffs. Not now.
THE BAD: Matt Moore. Moore tossed 5 shutout innings and should be commended for that. But man, that was as bad as 5 shutout innings can look. He needed 107 pitches to get through 5 innings, with just 64 strikes. Of the 25 batters he faced, 9 got on base including 6 walks. He also threw 3 wild pitches in an ugly effort and I am still not sure how he didn’t give up 5 runs…Minor Injuries Starting To Pile Up. Yunel Escobar left the game with a sore ankle and is considered day-to-day. Jose Lobaton also left the game. He had a sore elbow and is also day-to-day. This comes after Desmond Jennings strained a hamstring and has missed the last two games.
THE TELLING: Jake Odorizzi pitched the final 3 innings to pick up the save. But more importantly that means Jeremy Hellickson will start on Friday…The Rays’ Magic Number is now 4. Even if the Rays win just 2 of their final 5 games to reach 90 wins, the Rangers would have to go 5-0 to pass the Rays. In other words, there are 10 games remaining for those two teams combined. The Rays need just 3 of them to go the Rays’ way (Rays win or Rangers loss) to guarantee at least a play-in game.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Both Andrew Friedman and Stuart Sternberg have pointed out this week that the unbalanced schedule has made the Wild Card race unfair (e.g. Rays will play 96 games against teams with a winning record this season, the Rangers will play 78). They are right, but baseball is never going back to a balanced schedule without major realignment. TV makes the rules and a balanced schedules are bad for TV. [BI Sports]
- Here’s a roundup of other stadium situations around baseball. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- And so it begins. The Bucs have benched Josh Freeman and replaced him with Mike Glennon. [JoeBucsFan]